Amandeep Bhatti (third from left) and her brother Sarbjot and mom Mohni are shown here with nurses from Abbotsford Regional Hospital’s pediatric ward as they drop off donated toys on Christmas Eve.

Amandeep Bhatti (third from left) and her brother Sarbjot and mom Mohni are shown here with nurses from Abbotsford Regional Hospital’s pediatric ward as they drop off donated toys on Christmas Eve.

Nursing student collects $1,200 to buy toys for sick kids

Amandeep Bhatti of Abbotsford initially had $500 goal

A local nursing student donated $1,200 worth of new toys last month to the pediatric ward at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH).

Amandeep Bhatti first raised funds through an online GoFundMe campaign, a bake sale, and donations of cash and gift cards from individuals and businesses.

She also received some donations of new toys.

Bhatti then used the funds to purchase several more toys, which she delivered to ARH on Christmas Eve.

Bhatti initially set a goal of $500 and said she wanted to give a “heartfelt thank you” to everyone who contributed to her campaign.

“Most importantly, we were able to put countless smiles on the faces of patients and families,” she said.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my community.”

Bhatti, who attend University of the Fraser Valley, said she organized the fundraiser because she is passionate about helping others and “making a positive change in the world.”